Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has more than fifty state run freshwater inland beaches, twenty-six state run saltwater beaches, and forty-six public pools, as well as a private beaches and pools; and

Whereas The Centers for Disease Control recognizes that exercising in water offers many physical and mental health benefits; and

Whereas 20% of the unintentional drowning deaths are of children under the age of fourteen, and the ability of their guardians to swim can help lower this number; and

Whereas The Centers for Disease Control estimates 37% of adults cannot swim; and

Whereas The inability to swim affects people’s lives in a broad spectrum of ways with direct negative implications on their quality of life; and

Whereas Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional death in Massachusetts; and

Whereas The Commonwealth recognizes the role that swimming plays in the health and safety of all of the residents of Massachusetts,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April, 2014, to be,

ADULT LEARN TO SWIM MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this fourteenth day of March, in the year two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts